Widow demands Purple Heart for slain husbandPosted: Updated:
The widow of an Orange County soldier who was killed in a suspected fragging incident in 2005 is harnessing the Internet to fight for her husband?s Purple Heart.
The military has repeatedly denied Barbara Allen?s request, claiming that her husband?s death does not meet the criteria for a Purple Heart because he was allegedly murdered by a fellow soldier, not by the enemy.
Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez was charged with rigging a Claymore mine to murder Lt. Lou Allen and Capt. Phillip Esposito in Iraq. Martinez was later acquitted of all charges.
Allen says she uses the Web to draw attention to her husband?s case.